Gilbertson Lowers 800-Meter Time to 1:52.40 at WU Last Chance Meet

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

SALEM, ORE. -- Reid Gilbertson (Fr., Lake Elmo, MN/Stillwater HS) of Willamette University lowered his personal-best time in the 800-meter run for the third consecutive meet, as he improved his NCAA Division III provisional qualifying mark to 1:52.40 at the WU Last Chance Meet at the Charles Bowles Track on Thursday, May 14. He moved up two positions on the list of NCAA qualifiers in the event and is now 18th among top times in Division III this spring.

Gilbertson, whose top time was 1:54.53 just over a week ago, clocked in at 1:52.83 during the John Knight Twilight on May 6, cut the time to 1:52.61 at the Oregon Twilight on May 9 and reduced the time by another 0.21 seconds on Thursday.

Spencer Head of Lane Community College edged out Gilbertson to win the 800 at the WU Last Chance. Head earned a time of 1:52.27 for a margin of victory of 0.13 seconds. Following Gilbertson's second place finish was Brett Schoolmeester of the Bowerman Athletic Club in third place at 1:42.70.

In the men's triple jump, WU's Raymond White (Fr., Corona, CA/Centennial HS) recorded a personal-best mark and missed the NCAA provisional qualifying standard by two inches, as he went 46'5.25" to take first place. Jonathan Woodland (Sr., Creswell, OR/Creswell HS), also from Willamette, finished in second at 44'5.50".

Woodland registered a personal record of 21'2.50" in the long jump to take second place. Lane Seals, competing unattached, won the long jump at 21'6".

Grant Piros (Sr., Newberg, OR/Newberg HS) of Willamette won the javelin with a toss of 198'3". His throw surpassed the NCAA provisional standard, giving Piros several such throws this season. His career-best throw is 203'0", recorded earlier this season at the NWC Championships.

Willamette's Christina Edholm (Jr., Pleasanton, CA/Foothill HS) won women's hammer with a throw of 143'4". It was a personal-best for Edholm. Her previous top throw covered 137'2" at the Charles Bowles Spring Break Classic on March 20. Edholm also won the shot put at the WU Last Chance with a distance of 37'4.50".

Other significant performances for the Bearcat women's team were:

* Jennifer Luecht (Jr., Milwaukie, OR/Rex Putnam HS) achieved times of 25.84 seconds in the 200-meter dash and 57.23 seconds in the 400-meter dash.
* Kaitlin St. John (Jr., Bend, OR/Mountain View HS) was timed at 26.36 seconds in the 200-meter dash.
* Brooke Smith (Sr., Idleyld Park, OR/Glide HS) covered 16'1.75" in the long jump for her top jump of the season
* Elizabeth Andrews (Jr., Bellevue, WA/Bellevue HS) won the pole vault at 10'0."
* Jena Winger (Sr., Bonney Lake, WA/Sumner HS) recorded a time of 1:07.80 in her first-ever race in the 400-meter hurdles. Earlier this season, she earned an automatic qualifying time of 10:42.08 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Other significant performances for the Willamette men's team were:

* Kyle Kotaich (Jr., Florence, OR/Siuslaw HS) took second out of 25 entries in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:55.10.
* Drew Lackman (Sr., Gig Harbor, WA/Gig Harbor HS) achieved a time of 55.32 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles.
* Steve Collins (So., Zillah, WA/Zillah HS) earned a toss of 164'4" and took second place in the hammer throw.
* Trevor Bassett-Smith (Jr., Keizer, OR/Western Oregon Univ.) threw the hammer a career-best 159'3".
* Aaron Bilbao (Fr., Kingston, WA/Kingston HS) cleared 13'5.25" in the pole vault.
* Josh Clothier (So., Walla Walla, WA/Walla Walla HS) registered a toss of 47'10.50" in the shot put to take third place.

COMPLETE RESULTS
Willamette Last Chance
At Charles Bowles Track
Salem, Ore.
May 14, 2009
Reid Gilbertson improved his NCAA provisional qualifying mark for the third time in just over a week by finishing the 800-meter run in 1:52.40.

Reid Gilbertson improved his NCAA provisional qualifying mark for the third time in just over a week by finishing the 800-meter run in 1:52.40.

Jennifer Luecht was timed at 25.84 in the 200 and 57.23 in the 400.

Jennifer Luecht was timed at 25.84 in the 200 and 57.23 in the 400.